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Tracks News - In this section you'll find news from cities around the country as well as interviews and general reporting on issues.  It might be from a newspaper or a blog, but it counts as news.  The Chatter, commentary and opposition articles will be found towards the bottom.
TRANSPORT

Maryland: Seeking Approval for Red Line FEIS

Rail Trends


A favorable decision by the FTA would permit MTA to begin final engineering on the Red Line and move forward with acquiring property needed for construction...

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San Francisco: Congestion Parking Saving Drivers $$

SF Examiner


When The City first installed its SFpark meters - devices that would increase hourly parking rates based on demand - many motorists complained that it was one more way to gouge drivers for extra dollars...

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Pittsburgh: A Fairer, Smarter Way to Pay for Transport

Pittsburgh Post Gazette


One of Congress's more thoughtful voices on transportation matters is that of Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon. Last week, he introduced legislation to advance a fairer and more reliable way to raise revenue for the nation's creaking transportation system...

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National: The Fiscal Cliff and Transportation

National Journal Transportation Experts


Cliff metaphors abound these days, thanks to our members of Congress. In my travels, I've run across the deportation cliff, the human cliff, and yes, the transportation cliff...

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Research: Urban Form and Commuting Efficiency

Urban Studies Journal (Abstract) 


In this paper, a method is proposed that relates several measures of average commute distance (actual, minimum, maximum) explicitly to urban form. Specifically, Brotchie's urban triangle is modified to represent the commuting benchmarks (minimum and maximum commutes) and urban form of a city...

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Research: Determinants of Redevelopment in Baltimore

Regional Science Policy and Practice (Abstract) 


Like many historical industrial cities, population in Baltimore City has declined dramatically in recent years. Despite losing nearly half its population since 1950, some neighbourhoods in Baltimore City are revitalizing...

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International: China Subway Boom Spotlights Risks

Reuters


In the Chinese city of Nanchang, where the local government is building a new subway network, the modern train station rising out of the red earth sits in an empty part of town. The crowds that Nanchang envisions will someday use its metro are nowhere in sight...

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Phoenix: City May Study Adding Light Rail Stations

Arizona Republic


Phoenix City Hall's ambitions to expand light-rail service are no longer confined to building new lines. On Wednesday, the City Council is expected to approve spending $120,000 to find out whether two new stations on the existing 20-mile line would work...

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Research: Can Carpooling Reduce VMT?

Journal of Planning Literature (Abstract)


Proponents of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes claim the lanes reduce vehicle-trips by encouraging more people to carpool, but the evidence is mixed...

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Tucson: New Delays, Streetcars Pushed Back  

Arizona Star


Those hoping to board a Tucson streetcar for the first time next fall may have to wait up to eight additional months before riding the new line...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

Research: Valuing Benefits of Urban Regeneration

Urban Studies Journal (Abstract) 


Although there have been many initiatives designed to regenerate relatively run-down and deprived parts of major urban areas, there have been surprisingly few attempts to value their benefits...

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Research: City Size Distribution and Socioeconomics

Urban Studies Journal (Abstract)


This study introduces a new method of downscaling global population distribution. Its novelty is that it allows city size distributions to interact with socioeconomic variables. The contribution to the literature is twofold...

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Bakersfield: Downtown Group Restructures

Bakersfield Californian


Bakersfield's Downtown Business Association is changing its legal structure so it can better solicit grants and donations it would use to improve the city's core...

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Pittsburgh: Strip District Gets Council Approval

Pittsburgh Post Gazette


Buncher Co. won final approval of special zoning legislation for its Strip District project Monday despite one council member's description of the decision as a "big mistake."..

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International: Sustainability in the New Urban Age

BBC


We are living in a uniquely urban time in Earth's history. In 1800, and for a thousand years before, just 2% of the world's people lived in urban areas...

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International: Wal Mart's Bribes to Get into Mexico

New York Times


Wal-Mart longed to build in Elda Pineda's alfalfa field. It was an ideal location, just off this town's bustling main entrance and barely a mile from its ancient pyramids, which draw tourists from around the world...

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Research: Growth Management in the US 2000-2010

Journal of Planning Literature (Abstract)


This bibliography synthesizes literature on growth management published between 2000 and 2010 in selected planning periodicals. Scholarship on growth management during the last decade, as evidenced in the selected journals, has blossomed within six primary categories..

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Research: Mixed Use by Default, Europeans Don't Zone

Journal of Planning Literature (Abstract)


Zoning is such a cornerstone of the US planning system that for US planners it may be hard to imagine that one can regulate development without it...

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